Description: The Hermit (The solitaire) shows an old thin man standing alone on a snow-covered ridge. He wears a long gray robe that could symbolize protection from the outside world, which is achieved through self-insight. The man has a long gray beard, indicating age and experience.
In one hand he lifts the lamp of truth in which a six-pointed star glows. The flickering inner intuition light, or higher consciousness light, guides the lonely seeker in his path. He seeks a path he does not know.
In his hand he holds a luminous gold cane to which he relies. The stick can symbolize his deep knowledge of the mystical powers of nature, or it symbolizes the comfort found in religion and in the belief in God. His head is slightly bent and his eyes slightly closed. Behind him are snow-capped mountains in the distance. The card may be a little like the fool because they both travel and are alone.
However, The Hermit has a different mood around him, partly because he is older and partly because he is wiser. He is also more cautious and patient. The recluse has learned to be alone and trust himself in a way other than the fool. The map shows us that even as time passes, we acquire properties that can only be acquired over time. The Hermit seems to have stopped and be introverted, possibly reflective or meditating.
Interpretation: First and foremost, the Hermit symbolizes the inner sage, and thus either tells something about a need for it to express itself or a need for it to develop. This can be expressed by, for example, finishing loose ends, reorganizing and structuring through the father, mother or leader role.
In order for it to evolve, you must focus on your own inner life so that it becomes consistent and in harmony with your basic being. By going inside you will be able to gain deep insights and valuable guidance. You need to know that in these moments you are probably alone, but not necessarily lonely. Through reflection, contemplation or meditation, you will find inner peace, perfection and contentment with yourself. It will probably be an advantage if you can get away from the distractions of the busy world a bit. Wisdom and insight can also come to you through dreams and visions.
The hermit is also related to the passage of time, and here you will learn. that through acceptance and patience you will gain wisdom and comfort. However, in terms of time, be careful not to be too careful and unwilling to let go of old habits and accept new ones.
Keywords Other words that characterize the hermit are: the archetype of the old wise man, judgment, kindness, inner strength, silence, caution, slow efficiency, discovery of the soul, seeing the light within itself, the path of consciousness and listening inward
Prediction: Cleverness, meeting with a mentor. Need to retreat and consider. Openness to help offered. Need to retreat.
Number: The number of the card is nine, the number for initiation.
Astrology: Star sign Virgo. Like the Virgin, the hermit has confidence and is whole in itself.
Affirmation: I enjoy exploring my inner world in moments alone with myself. I am one with my inner silence.
The Universal Principle: The hermit, the solitary guide, the wise, the torch-bearer uses inner wisdom and life experience to help others through life’s processes and represents the universal principles of perfection, introspection, and space.
Above are four very different versions of The Hermit. Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing. Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated. Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The Hermit you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.